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Source: United Nations Office at Geneva (UNOG)
4 February 2011

4 February 2011

GENEVA – The UN High Commissioner for Human Rights, Navi Pillay, will visit Israel and the Occupied Palestinian Territory from 6 to 11 February 2011.

During her visit, Ms. Pillay will meet officials at the highest level, including Israeli President Shimon Peres, Palestinian Authority President Mahmoud Abbas and Prime Minister Salam Fayyad. Ms. Pillay is also scheduled to meet a number of ministers on both sides, members of the Israeli Knesset and the president of the Supreme Court of Israel.

The High Commissioner will use the opportunity to meet Israeli and Palestinian human rights defenders, the Palestinian Independent Commission on Human Rights, and UN agencies working on the ground.

In Israel, Ms. Pillay will pay her respects at the Yad Vashem Holocaust memorial and visit Sderot, the Bialik-Rogozin school and the Human Rights class at Darraj Elementary Coed School.

The High Commissioner plans include, among others, tours to parts of the West Bank, as well as Gaza, including Beit Hanoun, to speak to affected groups and get a first-hand view of the situation on the ground.

The High Commissioner will hold a
press conference at 12:00 on Friday, 11 February 2011 at the American Colony Hotel in Jerusalem.

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